Re "Union, Raley's both must give to end strike" (Editorials, Nov. 10): Your editorial is on the wrong track! One of the biggest problems that faces our country is the accelerating transfer of wealth to the top 1 percent. Encouraging workers to accept less does nothing but further accelerate that wealth transfer. We should all be helping Raley's workers win this strike.
A far more helpful approach for The Bee would be to put pressure on our governments to make it easier for Wal-Mart employees to unionize. That would increase the pay of those workers, benefiting all grocery workers and leveling the grocery "playing field."
With medical care costs rising as fast as they are, retirees cannot afford to pay 40 percent of their own health care costs. Retirees must get employer contributions to a Medicare Advantage policy, or much of their needed health care will be out of economic reach. Employers who contracted to cover retirees in this way must do so.
-- Vaughn Hopkins, Sacramento
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